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U.S. Arrests Leader,
Israel Seeks Extradition
Washington (JTA) — In a move the executive order went into ef-
aimed at stemming the flow of in- fect.
A tape of a meeting with Pales-
formation and money from the
United States to terrorists in the tinian activists obtained by
West Bank and Gaza, the Immi- Steven Emerson, a journalist who
gration and Naturalization Ser- has tracked Islamic fundamen-
vice arrested a senior Hamas talists in the United States, re-
leader at New York's Kennedy veals that Mr. Marzuk has never
hidden his desire to see Israel de-
Mousa Abu Mohamed Marzuk stroyed.
If deported without an extra-
was arrested after stepping off
a plane from Dubai, a part of the dition request, Mr. Marzuk will
United Arab Emirates, Attorney be returned to Dubai, officials
General Janet Reno confirmed. said.
"We believe he is a leader of
Hamas and has participated in
activities which would exclude
him from coming to the United
States," said Carol Florman, an
Officials from the U.S. Justice Washington (JTA) — Jewish ge-
Department and the Israeli Min- neology, once neglected as an
istry of Justice are discussing the area of study, is gaining increas-
possibility of an extradition re- ing attention as archives that
quest. Both Israeli and American were long believed to be lost have
officials say the discussions are recently opened to scholars.
The possibility of travel to
in the preliminary stages.
According to Justice Depart- countries in Eastern Europe and
ment officials, who spoke on the the former Soviet Union "and the
condition of anonymity, Mr. sudden access to this material,
Marzuk directs Hamas fund-rais- has opened the eyes of people
ing and political activities in the who never dreamed of visiting
United States. He is also believed these places or seeing these doc-
to have an office in Damascus, uments," said Miriam Weiner,
where he moved after being one of the leading Jewish ge-
forced to leave Jordan earlier this nealogists in the United States.
The expanding interest in Jew-
llamas, a militant Islamic fun- ish genealogy was reflected in the
damentalist group responsible for recent gathering here of 650 peo-
dozens of terrorist attacks in Is- ple from around the world for the
rael, raises tens of millions of dol- 14th annual conference of the As-
lars in the United States, law sociation of Jewish Genealogical
enforcement officials estimated. Societies. There are 58 societies
Mr. Marzuk is being held at a de- worldwide.
Among the new sources re-
tention center in New York pend-
ing exclusionary hearings which vealed at the conference were
could take up to two months de- 19th century military records
pending on the New York City from Ukraine and Belarus, an
backlog, Ms. Florman said. There 1824 census of Romanian Jews,
is no bail in such cases, she newly catalogued holdings of the
Jewish Historical Institute in
According to the INS, Mr. Warsaw and a collection of 1 mil-
Marzuk received a green card in lion pre-1905 police records held
a 1990 lottery for would be im- in Moscow, most focusing upon
migrants. He has attended school the Czar's Jewish subjects.
Some researchers see in ge-
in Louisiana on and off for the
past few years. Officials refused nealogy tools to save lives.
Stanley Diamond, of Montre-
to say who tipped them off to
Marzuk's presence on the flight. al, a carrier of the rare genetic
Mr. Marzuk, 44, was traveling disease thalassemia, a chronic
with his wife and six children, anemia, is using genealogical re-
four of whom are U.S. citizens, at search techniques to find distant
the time of his arrest. There are relatives and others with the dis-
ease to warn them that it is al-
no charges pending against his
ways fatal to the offspring of two
wife, Nadia Mohamad el Ashi.
The arrest is the latest move carriers. Genealogist Eileen Po-
lakoff also was attempting to save
by the Clinton administration to
cut off the access of Middle East a life several years ago when she
researched the genealogy of Jay
terrorist groups to the lucrative
Feinberg of New Jersey. He has
American fund-raising market.
Earlier this year, President leukemia and needed a bone
Clinton froze the assets of 13 ter- marrow transplant from some-
rorist groups and banned their one with a matching type, such
as a relative.
agents from traveling to the Unit-
After years of searching, a
ed States. The detention of Mr.
Marzuk is the first arrest since match was found for Feinberg.
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